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Iraqi protest groups will sit out October elections

Iraqi protest groups, which have emerged since October 2019, are calling for wholesale reform of the Iraqi political system.
Iraqi demonstrators chant slogans during an anti-government demonstration by Basra University students in the southern city of Basra, on Feb. 11, 2020.

Emerging Iraqi political movements declared their open opposition to the political system formed after 2003, calling instead for substantial reforms.

On Sept. 4, an expanded conference was held in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, by a group of forces that reportedly emerged from the October 2019 protests.

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